Profiles in Philanthropy: Catherine Poe and the Talbot County Hunger Coalition


It would seem that after nine years of chairing the board of Chesapeake College, running the Talbot County Democratic Forum, and quite a few other nonprofit roles in the region, Catherine Poe would feel wholly justified in saying she had done her bit for Talbot County.

But quite the opposite has turned out to be the case.

Moved and upset after attending a meeting hosted the Talbot County Network which documented the horrifically high number of children going without food in her community, Catherine didn’t hesitate in answering the call to help lead a new organization to address this urgent issue.

Within weeks after that meeting, Poe once again utilized her leadership skills to become the first chair of the Talbot County Hunger Coalition. Not only tasked with the coordination of effort of the ten nonprofit food pantries in the area, the Coalition, which does not take donations, has also played an active role to creating essential links with the Easton Farmers’ Market and Talbot County’s food stores and restaurants to donate food and volunteers to help children and adults receive adequate and healthy eating.

In addition, Catherine has taken on the additional role of chairing the Talbot Family Network which hosts the highly successful Talbot County Community Resource Expo which not only provides meals for those in need but uses this opportunity to plug these families into other resources that can improve their general health, legal aid, and other assistance programs.

The Spy sat down with Catherine last week at the Bullitt House to discuss this critical work.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information about the Talbot County Hunger Coalition please go here


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